NTV Tri-City Blood Drives offer residents a chance to make a difference

May 1, 2014
KEARNEY, Neb. – For the 11th consecutive year, the American Red Cross and NTV are teaming up to inspire Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney residents to make a difference in the lives of patients in their communities and throughout the nation by donating blood at the annual Tri-City Blood Drives.
“The annual NTV blood drives have been a lifesaving tradition for the past 11 years,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. “The support we receive from the community at these blood drives is vital to our mission of helping patients in need.”
NTV Tri-City Blood Drives
May 5 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 110 Second Ave., in Kearney
May 5 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Midtown, 2503 S. Locust, in Grand Island
May 5 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 3605 Cimmaron Plaza, in Hastings
As a thank you, all presenting donors will receive a Red Cross drawstring bag and can enjoy special refreshments during the blood drives.
Donors of all types are needed this spring, especially those with O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative blood types. By giving blood at the NTV Tri-City Blood Drives, the public can help ensure an adequate blood supply as summer approaches, a time when blood and platelet donations often decline.
Schedule an appointment to donate at the NTV Tri-City Blood Drives today. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code NTV.
How to donate blood
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in Nebraska), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.